Tine Melzer works as artist, designer, researcher and teacher. Born in Germany (1978) she moved to Amsterdam in 1999 where she studied Arts and Philosophy and started teaching in academies and universities. She is based in Zürich since 2009. Her work is internationally shown and published since 2003. In 2013 she finished her transdisciplinary PhD research at the University of Plymouth, UK.
Tine Melzer uses language as material. The amazement and enchantment of language and its mechanisms between humans is the nucleus of her art work; it is situated on the edge of theory and practice, knowing and seeing, saying and showing, text and image.
The visual work aims to host concepts on language in order to give language sensory tactility and spatial visual dimensions. Melzer can be seen as an ‘interpretor’ or translator from theoretical aspects on language – and our own experience within it – into visual perception. The work aims to visualize questions about our lives with verbal language in the context of visual art, which most people experience and accept as a language in one way or another. These questions and the resulting art works are often simple and purified.
Melzer’s artistic work is multidisciplinary: it employs means of sculpture, installation, graphic printwork, book art and writing. Taking the world literally and having language show itself in the reduced undertakings of creation is a key effort in her work. What might sound dry and theoretical are simple forms for exciting phenomena of ordinary language: our jokes, gossip, doubts, failures and aha-moments.
The language-games (Wittgenstein) we play are the material for the work, the work succeeds if we can recognize our own behaviour or experiences in the structure called ‘language’.
Her work is genuinely based on collaboration with experts from other fields and inspired by truely interdisciplinary exchange.
Tine Melzer’s work is supported by Fonds voor beeldende kunsten, bouwkunst en vormgeving, Amsterdam and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam and received a research stipend by LAPS Amsterdam.